Summary Of Our Meeting Today


Hi Everyone!

Thank you for your participation and sharing during our meeting this week.

The telephone conference numbers for our group are:

Telephone conference number: (712) 775-7031 Access Code: 397-681-282

Playback recording number: (712) 775-7029 Access Code: 397-681-282#

Playback reference number: 17


Here is the link for the MP3 of our meeting today, from the telephone conference line. This link will only be available for 1 week:

To listen to past recorded meetings, please go to the Recordings tab on the blog.

Our meetings are stored on Media Fire, a cloud storage service.

As a reminder, our group takes place on Sunday mornings at 5:30 AM EST.

Please join us as we “trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.” (AA Big Book 164:3)

This week we continued our discussion on Step 4.

We began our meeting with a discussion on how to actually make the time to write our 4th Step inventories, given our busy schedules. Personally, I like to write first thing in the morning, or, I carry around a notebook and the OA 12 & 12 and write down my answers in brief spurts of free time.

Betty had a wonderful suggestion on how to do the 4th Step using the OA 12 & 12.

Firstly, Betty photocopied the chapter out the book. Then, before writing, Betty rereads the chapter from the beginning.  Finally, Betty writes out her answers to the questions on the photocopied paper, and not in the actual book. More pages can be added as necessary.

It may not be beautiful, but it does get done. The beauty of this method is that the inventory still remains private, and the actual book remains legible for the next time one does a 4th Step. Her method is both practical and portable.

I have been inspired by Betty and I think that I will do it that way too!

Today during our meeting, we read and discussed how to do the resentment inventory using the Unofficial Guide.

I really love the method described in the pamphlet.

For me, this is proof that there is more than 1 way to do the fourth step. And, anyway is good.  The goal is just to DO SOMETHING.

Our homework this week is to spend a minimum of 10 minutes a day writing our 4th Step inventory, using the format of your choice.

If you are using the Unofficial Guide, please follow instructions 1 and 2 and write your Grudge List.

As a group, we will be individually writing our 4th Steps in addition to the meeting assignments as outlined in the Unofficial Guide.

Just for fun, I am posting some pictures I found online of various 4th Step Inventory formats.

These are the more conventional headings of the multiple column inventory.


This is from Celebrate Recovery, a Christian 12 Step Group.


Since we are alternating our step work with reading the stories, next time we meet, we will read from the stories in the AA Big Book.

AA BigBook.pdf version


I am so grateful to be sharing this journey with all of you!

Thank you all for sharing your experience, strength and hope.

“Together we can do what we can never do alone.”

In love and service,



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